Expert Review: Callaway Rogue ST Pro Single IronPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in August of 2022.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in August of 2022.
The Callaway ST Rogue Pro Iron is for a scratch to low-handicap golfer looking for maximum workability within their game. These are blade style irons that aren’t ideal for someone looking for maximum forgiveness and feel. Overall, they are very aesthetically pleasing to the eye and worth trying out.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2022 Callaway Rogue ST Pro Irons
- Loft setting: 7 Iron 30.5 degree 2.8mm offset
- Shaft type: Steel
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-handed
- Typical ball flight: High
- Golf ball used: Taylormade RBZ
- Club swing speed: 97mph
- When I tested the club: August 2022
- Days tested: One day
- Where I’ve used it: Simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Indoors
How it performs
What I was looking for
I currently play Taylormade Rac OS irons from 2008 and haven’t found a set I love to replace them with. I have actively been trying out irons in 2022, like Taylormade Stealth, Callaway Apex, and Callaway Mavrik, to see if there are any worth buying. The biggest thing I am looking for is distance and forgiveness to be equally matched.
Why I tested these clubs
I decided to test these clubs because all of my woods are Callaway and I love their distance, feel, forgiveness, and overall performance. I heard from a friend these were worth the try, especially for someone considering going to blades. These clubs performed well, but were less forgiving than what I wanted because of their thinner-blade style.
What I love about it
- Feel: There is no denying the feel. I knew exactly how I struck the ball whether it was pure or off the toe or heel.
- Sound: The sound was crisp and metallic when I connected with each shot.
- Workability: I was able to work the ball consistently left to right and right to left due to its cupface design.
- Shaft Feel: The feel and weight of the shaft performed well, as it allowed me to consistently strike through the ball.
- Shaft Performance: The shaft was standard steel and performs well. It is stable and offers consistency.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The blade-style irons with the silver and black backing are incredibly sharp.
- Grip Feel: Grips were standard but tacky and allow for good comfort and control.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Distance: Considering the irons I currently play with are from 2008, and my distance was exactly the same with this new set, I was hoping for 5–10 more yards with today's modern technology.
- Forgiveness: These irons are not forgiving because of their cupface design. It is geared for a higher-skill set golfer who strikes the ball consistently.
- Adjustability: These irons don’t offer much adjustability and overall forgiveness on mishits, as the loft settings aren’t adjustable.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle was lower than I would have liked; I tend to hit higher iron shots so they can land softer on the green.
- Spin: My spin rate was higher than I would have liked at roughly 8000 rpm. I am currently used to at around 7200 rpm. I like having less spin as that helps my irons be more consistently on target.
Best shot with this clubs
I tested these clubs and I wouldn’t say one shot stood out, but I liked that I was able to work the ball from left to right and right to left. These irons are for a higher skill set but offer more of a variety of shots to be played.
Value for the money vs. other options
I think these are a good value compared to other blade style irons like the TaylorMade P790s. The Callaway Rogues are slightly cheaper than the TaylorMadeP790s, but I liked the workability they had to offer over the P790s.
These irons are for someone with a high skill set who wants workability as their top attribute. They are not for the average player looking for forgiveness and feel.